From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, 35 Soldiers Graduate
Nov 29, 2010, 12:14

Thirty five senior captains of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) have graduated at Horton Academy after successfully completing a three-month intermediate staff course as one of the criteria for promotion to the rank of Major.

The graduation ceremony was held on Thursday 25th November 2010.

Representative of the Joint Force Commander congratulated the officers and extended the commanderís profound gratitude to IMATT and the instructors for the successful completion of the course.

Colonel Simeon N. Sheriff said the training was the initiative of the Chief of Defence Staff, adding that it objective was to prepare personnel of the RSLAF to deploy, fight and win in combat and deliver security in benign situations anywhere and at anytime.

He said no military will ever have all the resources in the delivery of realistic training, whilst emphasizing that management technique should be employed to achieve the highest standards. He encouraged the officers to maintain what he described as sharp training focus so that they can attain greater training efficiency.

In another development, eleven officers received certificates at the Ministry of Defence on Friday 26th November 2010 after successfully going through eight weeks basic and intermediate French course. The essence of the French courses was to prepare the personnel to be able to communicate with their French counterparts in Peace Support Operations. The certificates were distributed by the French de Affaire, His Excellency Jean Riddell and senior officers.

Vote of thanks was given by Captain Allan Johnson in French and was translated in English by Lieutenant Julia Kamara.

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